So much in our life tells us that it is our performance that makes us who we are. This is especially true in the lives of kids. Think about what they hear from chore charts, report cards, standardized tests, recitals, and athletic banquets. Performance—work and reward—is one of the basic structures of our lives. As a result, kids grow up thinking, “I am what I am because of what I do... or because of what I’ve failed to do.”Have you ever thought about how different this “message of performance” is from the Bible’s message of redemption? In 1 Corinthians 15:10, the Apostle Paul says, “I am what I am by the grace of God.”
I learned about God’s grace while sitting with my dad in his Dodge pick-up truck after school. I was in ninth grade, and I overwhelmed with things that seem silly now—schoolwork, acne, girls, and my scrawny physique. That day, my dad taught me a lesson that I pray I’ll never forget: “What God says about you is more important than what others say.” In other conversations after that, I learned about what has been called the doctrines of grace—the simple message that who we are as Christians is not determined by what we do or what we look like, but by what God has done for us. These doctrines changed my life. By God’s grace, I’ve learned to believe God’s promises for me are true. What God has determined for me through the work of His Son Jesus makes me who I am. I am loved even when my performance doesn’t stack up. After all, Jesus came to save sinners, not those who get everything right.
This Fall, the SojournKids creative team is releasing a new PROOF Pirates family devotional, music CD, and VBS curriculum. Maybe you've sailed through waters of God's grace with us before. Maybe this is your first opportunity. We put together that unit of study as a way of reclaiming the doctrines of grace for the next generation. Pick up one of the new resources below and sail with us on an adventure of grace.